2017 Prius - An amazing advance over 2002 1st Gen!
We just purchased a 2017 Prius Four (non-Touring model), and it is an amazing advancement over our first-generation 2002 Prius! While all of the monitor screens, menu selections and push-buttons are at first overwhelming and intimidating; after driving it for a couple of weeks, most driving functions are "standard Toyota", except for the following noteworthy new features:
1) Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
2) Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
3) Blind Spot Monitor & Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
4) Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
5) Intelligent Parking Assist & Clearance Sonar
While not a sports car by any means, the 2017 Prius has solid handling (due to a re-designed suspension), reasonable acceleration (considering its hybrid design and fuel economy), and outstanding Toyota reliability.
We anticipate driving this Prius for 12-14 years, like the 2002 model that we gave to our granddaughter last year; and we look forward to our next self-driving, autonomous Prius, whose purchase is probably a decade away!
Note: In the 135,000 miles that we drove our 2002 Prius, it saved us over $12,000 in fuel, compared to the 1998 Camry V6 that it replaced. And, the mileage we are getting with the new 2017 Prius is even more impressive. Our 2002 averaged 45 mpg in mixed city & highway driving; and we are currently getting 63.5 mpg with the 2017, which is even more than what Toyota and other sources have estimated.
In all, we are very satisfied with our purchase; and we would definitely buy another Prius, based on our previous experiences with this hybrid.
I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES